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"Gold Certification" cards

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by boomer68, Jan 21, 2006.

  1. boomer68

    boomer68 Nassau Grouper

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    A quick question - The dive center when I am planning to take my PADI Open Water, states that they issue the prestigous "Gold Certication" card. What does "gold certication" mean if anything? This may be a dumb question, so if it is, I apologize. Thanks
     
  2. Eagle-scuba

    Eagle-scuba Barracuda

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    I got a gold card when I completed my Master Diver , before becoming a DiveMaster,...I think it was $5.00 extra...lol...and they even offer a different picture on the card...see ya` under
     
  3. Rick Murchison

    Rick Murchison Trusty Shellback Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    An SSI gold card means you have over 500 logged dives.
    Rick
     
  4. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

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    Hmmm, I think they meant you will pay a lot of gold to get that c=card. Oh, wait a minute... that's a different dive agency that uses the same initials, PADI (Put Another Doubloon In).

    By the way, it has wreck certification as a prerequisite.
     
  5. Robert Siverby

    Robert Siverby Solo Diver

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    Well... I believe that you will get a "gold certificate" if your dive center is a PADI 5-star Dive center. Otherwise, your certification card will be silver. The professional certification (Divemaster and beyond) are black. (Hope I'm right now....)
     
  6. daniel f aleman

    daniel f aleman Loggerhead Turtle

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    The Gold c-card is issued from PADI Five Star Facilities, PADI Resort Facilities, PADI Career Developement Centers and other dive shops that ONLY offer Padi certification courses, and which promote PADI programs exclusively.
     
  7. Christi

    Christi PADI MSDT/Dive op owner ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Cozumel, MX
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    The card color has nothing to do with your certification level (other than the professional level cards) or how many certifications you've racked up to get your master scuba diver rating.

    The Gold card is from a PADI 5 star facility or resort center, the silver cards are from any PADI Instructor or dive center.

    By the way, don't think that if it's not a 5 star facility that the shop is deficient in some area...all it means is that they haven't paid the money/signed up to become a 5 star facility or they offer certs through other agencies, or a variety of other reasons.

    OOPS...I should have read the whole thread before answering...the answer has already been given :)
     
  8. Walter

    Walter Instructor, Scuba

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    It's a marketing gimmick.
     
  9. boomer68

    boomer68 Nassau Grouper

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    Thanks everyone.

    By the way the facility is a 5 star Instructor Development Center. Appreciate the input.
     
  10. creamofwheat

    creamofwheat Divemaster

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    Whoa, my card is supposed to be gold? I was certified through a padi 5-star shop, and i got a pretty looking card with a dolphin on it. i had no clue they came in colours.
     

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